Miller, William J.
William J. Miller died on May 20, 2015, at the age of 91, surrounded by his loved ones. His smile, zest for life, and gift of storytelling will be missed by all who knew him. Born on June 19, 1923, in New York City to Alexander and Sara Miller, Bill graduated from Manhattan College with a BA in History. He served as a corporal in the U.S. Army Air Corps, 13th Air Force, from 1943 to 1945 in New Guinea, then at the end of World War II under General Douglas MacArthur at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, and ultimately as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force Reserves. On February 19, 1949, he married Joan Gibson at Sacred Heart in the Bronx. Bill lived in Pearl River, NY for the past 62 years and was an active parishioner at St. Aedan Catholic Church.
Mr. Miller owned a medical publishing company and was a sports journalist for the New York Times for 60 years. Among his many publications, his Dialogues in Pediatric Urology earned recognition from the Society for Pediatric Urology. His passion was track and field, for which he received numerous accolades, notably, the Penn Relays Jesse Abramson Award and the NYC Armory's Stan Saplin Sports Media Award; additionally Hall of Fame inductions for Catholic High Schools Sports, Manhattan College Athletics, and just this week into the Rockland County Track & Field.
He is the loving father of Thad (Maryellyn) of Houston, TX, Chris (Ray Reyes) of Jersey City, NJ, Timothy (Tom) of Pearl River, NY, Terence (Joan Kelly) of Milwaukee, WI, Alithe (Tom) Thompson of Highland Mills, NY, and Tracey (Chris Zamberlan) Miller of Chevy Chase, MD. He is the dear grandfather of Thaddeus (Britt), Cameron, Matthew, Tyler, Ali, Gabriela, Quinn, Aidan, Magdalena, and Fiona; and the great-grandfather of Zadie. He was preceded in death by his wife who died in 1993. He will be fondly remembered by his sister-in-law, nieces, nephews, and cherished friends.
Bill's life will be celebrated at the Wyman-Fisher Funeral Home in Pearl River from 4-8pm on Friday, May 22. The funeral Mass will be at St. Aedan's in Pearl River at 10am on Saturday, May 23, followed by interment at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne NY. In lieu of flowers, donations in Bill's memory can be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Published by The Journal News on May 22, 2015.